By Tendar Tsering
His Holiness the Dalai Lama presents a momento to Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on June 19, 2012.
DHARAMSHALA, June 21: Following their Tuesday meeting in London, Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his wish to meet the Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi again in the future.
The two Nobel peace laureates had met for more than 30 minutes in a closed door meeting.
“I have real admiration for your courage. I am very happy we have been able to meet,” the Dalai Lama was quoted as saying in a report published on the website of his private office.
“Wishing Aung San Suu Kyi every success in fulfilling her life’s goals, the Dalai Lama has expressed his wish to see her again,” the report continued.
“His Holiness (Dalai Lama) told her (Aung San Suu Kyi) that just as her late father had shown great dedication, he was confident that she too would be of great service to humanity,” the Dalai Lama’s private office added.
This was the first time that the two had met. Although speculations on the meeting were rife with their coinciding European tours, details were kept to the minimum.
Suu Kyi, who is currently on a five-nation European tour, is scheduled to address both houses of the British parliament today, a rare honour bestowed on only four foreign dignitaries since World War II.
Suu Kyi will join US President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI when she speaks in the 11th-century Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the parliament complex.
The democracy leader will also meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Suu Kyi was jailed in 1990, soon after leading her pro-democracy party to victory and spent much of the past 24 years under house arrest.
The Dalai Lama had often in the past campaigned for Suu Kyi’s release with other fellow Nobel laureates.
The Tibetan spiritual leader is currently on a 15-day tour of England, Scotland, and Italy had last month “privately” met the British Prime Minister and his deputy in London.